Over 40 artists to be featured at winery festival

Published on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Those interested in viewing local art and live music while sipping locally-produced wines will want to attend this weekend’s Art At The Winery festival at Dakota Creek Winery in Blaine.

Visitors to this year’s event will be able to view the works of more than 60 local artists in mediums ranging from pottery and stoneware to glass jewelry and watercolors.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 21 at their location at 3575 Haynie Road.

Dakota Creek owner Ken Peck said last year’s artists will return for another year but he has added at least 20 artists from last year’s event to keep things new.

“We wanted to keep things fresh and vibrant so we invited 40 of the artists back from last year but at least a third of the booths are going to be new people,” he said, adding that because many of the booths will feature multiple artists so the actual number of artists could be closer to 70 or 75.

Food vendors will include a local kabob vendor as well as Jordan Lawson, who facilitates the Friday night barbecue at Semiahmoo Resort and will be offering barbecued brisket on a stick plus a vegan option.

Peck said new Dakota Creek wines will also be for sale. Those include their Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Rosé, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay varieties as well as their Firefighter Red blend. Their wines have earned consistent high marks from Wine Spectator magazine including two recent mentions for their 2007 Firefighter Red, with 90 points, and their 2007 Syrah, with 90 points.

Golf carts will available to shuttle individuals from their vehicle to the festival. For more information contact Dakota Creek Winery at 360/820-4752, or visit www.dakotacreekwinery.com


Correction: In our print edition, we incorrectly listed Dakota Creek Winery's 2007 Syrah as earning 70 points by Wine Spectator magazine. It earned 90 points.